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Press PassEach week, GOLF CHANNEL experts and analysts offer their thoughts and opinions on hot topics in the world of golf with the Press Pass.
 
Hot Topic
What was the highlight of the week at the Presidents Cup?
 
Brian Hewitt Brian Hewitt - Columnist, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
Woody Austins splashdown. Followed by his winning reaction. You can only be embarrassed if you allow yourself to feel embarrassed. A close second was Mike Weirs inspired singles victory over Tiger Woods with all of Canada watching.
 
Steve Sands Steve Sands - Reporter, GOLF CHANNEL:
The highlight of the Presidents Cup was seeing Mike Weir play well Sunday against Tiger Woods with the entire nation of Canada watching every move that country's golfing hero made -- but also seeing Tiger react and interact with his fellow Masters champion coming down the stretch. You don't see Tiger speak much with a competitor in a major championship, but the Presidents Cup is supposed to be a friendly competition between the two sides and it is a gentleman's game. Tiger and Mike exuded all the qualities that make golf the great game that it is.
 
Ian Hutchinson Ian Hutchinson - Contrib. Writer, GOLFCHANNEL.com:
Being a Canadian, Ive got to say Woods vs. Weir. Tiger said the atmosphere was electric and he was right. All of the International wives dressed in Team Canada hockey jerseys. It showed that golf fans dont have to sit on their hands, but can still be supportive and well-behaved. While they were definitely cheering for Weir, they were constantly applauding Tiger, as well. The most exciting part for Canadians is that Weirs performance in the Presidents Cup may signal an end to his struggles since 2004.
 
Hot Topic
Did the American performance in Montreal make you think they can win next years Ryder Cup?
 
Hewitt:
Yes, if Paul Azinger takes away a few lessons from Montreal. The biggest one would be figuring out how to keep your guys smiling all week. The problem is its a lot easier to smile when youre making putts. So putting is more important than smiles. Ive said this before: The success of Azingers captaincy will hinge on the performance of his four captains picks.
 
Sands:
I've always thought the Americans should win the Ryder Cup. If our top players perform at the level they're capable of, the Unites States should win the great majority of all International team competitions.
 
Hutchinson:
They sure were dominant. You hear so much about the Americans not being able to come together as a team, but I sensed a real camaraderie in Montreal.
Even Mickelson was complimentary to Tiger. Maybe they need Woody Austin to get out his snorkel and fins to loosen up his teammates. Theres no reason why they cant carry this between events. The International team at the Presidents Cup was powerful on paper.
 
Hot Topic
After watching Woody Austin take a face-first plunge into the lake Friday, what is the funny moment youve ever witnessed on a golf course?
 
Hewitt:
Peter Jacobsen imitating Mark Lye missing a putt. You had to be there.
 
Sands:
Either Woody's fall into the water at the Presidents Cup or Cliff Kresge's dip into the drink a few years ago at Q-school. Anyone who's played the game, amateur or professional, has been close or in the water. The fear is always that you're going down. To see it actually happen is about as good as it gets for television. To borrow the line from Seinfeld, 'It's TV gold.'
 
Hutchinson:
I was playing outside of Amsterdam and we had teed off on one of the holes.
As we walked down the fairway, my buddy said to look at some people standing on the other side of a canal that ran alongside. He noticed that all four were wearing all-brown. As we got closer, we realized it wasnt brown shirts and brown shorts. They were well-tanned nudists'two men and two women! They waved to us as we walked by and watched us putt out. As we went to the next tee, we noticed hundreds of naked people in a field next to the golf course. We found out later that it wasnt even an organized nudist club. People just went there to lay out in the sun. Talk about breaking golfs dress code!
 
Hot Topic
This weeks PGA TOUR event is in Texas. What state boasts the best players of all-time?
 
Hewitt:
Tough to argue with Texas: Nelson, Hogan, Crenshaw, Kite, just to name a few. California not too bad either: Woods, Mickelson, Johnny Miller, Juli Inkster, just to name a few. Its definitely not Alaska.
 
Sands:
Pretty tough the beat Texas as a whole for pure volume. But Ohio produced the greatest of them all so I'll say the Buckeye State.
 
Hutchinson:
Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, Ben Crenshaw, Babe Zaharias and moreI think you made a good choice with Texas, but there will be plenty of argument on this one.
 
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